My childhood in Buffalo, New York featured inches — and sometimes feet — of snow, long winters with sub-zero wind chills and the constant presence of sports. I read the newspaper daily at my grandparents’ house in elementary school and spent 15 years playing baseball while dabbling in other sports like soccer, basketball and bowling. At Syracuse University, I wrote for The Daily Orange and served as sports editor, covering 10 different teams from Jim Boeheim and men’s basketball to smaller beats like volleyball, tennis and field hockey. I spent last summer with the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Chatham Anglers as a writer, then the fall with the New York Post, and I’ve also written about lacrosse for a national publication and a small-town minor league baseball revitalization for a local outlet. Those experiences helped shape me into a versatile reporter constantly digging deeper than the stats, and now my sportswriting journey has led me to a city full of the stories my instincts have been trained to look for.